CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - UNTRIED PRISONERS.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state the number of untried prisoners at present in prisons and internment camps in the Free State; if he will state the number released since the 1st November, if he will state the number released since the hunger strike was declared off, and if efforts will be made to speed up the release of those still detained.

The number of untried prisoners at present in military custody is 4,955. The number which has been released since the 1st November is 2,647, which includes 714 released since the hunger-strike terminated. Prisoners are being released as quickly as considerations of public safety will permit.